Thursday's boys basketball: Wahconah snaps 2-game slide
DALTON -- A big third quarter helped the Wahconah boys basketball team end a two-game losing streak and beat Drury 53-41 on Thursday night.
The Warriors trailed the Blue Devils 15-14 at halftime, but erupted for 23 points in the third quarter to pull away. Marcus Duncan had nine of his game-high 20 points in the third quarter, and Kevin Boino had nine of his 13 in the third.
"We looked to push the ball down the floor" in the third quarter, said Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher. "A lot of it started with the defense. We were able to turn them over and get easy baskets."
Duncan was an outstanding 10 of 12 from the free-throw line in the game.
Kareen Beckett led Drury with 15 points; and Alex Heck chipped in with 13.
Monument Mountain 69, Lee 54
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Hot long-range shooting from Pete Oggiani led Monument Mountain over Lee.
Oggiani led all scorers with 23, including five 3-pointers, helping the Spartans close out strong in the fourth quarter.
Lee made adjustments on defense to contain the Spartan scorers, but solid ball movement allowed Monument to overcome the scheme change. Cam Powell’s 14 rebounds were key for Monument, as well.
Heamon Williams led Lee with 19.
"We started strong and finished strong, and it was a battle in between," Monument coach Mike Saparito said. "[Lee] battled and kept the game close the whole way."
Taconic 51, Mount Greylock 32
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Mounties held visiting Taconic to 51 points. Usually, that’s enough to get a win. Not on Thursday because the Mounties had very little offense.
"We were very happy with our defensive effort," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said. "[On offense] we had plenty of open looks. They just didn’t go down."
The Braves led 15-11 after one quarter but outscored the Mounties 24-11 over the next two quarters to pull away.
Shaq Ardrey had a game-high 17 points for Taconic, while Deonte Sandifer had 11. Ian Brink led Greylock with 12 points.
Holyoke Catholic 66, McCann Tech 61
NORTH ADAMS -- Leading pretty much the whole way, the Hornets couldn’t hang on in the final eight minutes and suffered their second loss in the league.
Holyoke Catholic scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to just 12 for McCann to complete the come-from-behind victory.
"Part of it is they made good adjustments," McCann coach Mike Nykorchuck said. "Most of our offense is predicated on half-court traps and 3-pointers. They did a good job getting out on us."
Holyoke Catholic also made the Hornets extend their defense late in the third quarter and throughout the fourth quarter. The half-court trap became less effective, and the offense suffered.